Philip Hammond: I Want Us To Sell More Weapons To Saudi Arabia

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics

Philip Hammond wants more UK trade with Saudi Arabia, despite calling for a “proper investigation” into claims of breaches of international humani...

Saudi Arabia: Going Rogue

Alistair Burnett | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

We haven't heard much about rogue states since George W Bush's tenure in the White House ended, but maybe the term should be revived and applied to one of America's closest allies - Saudi Arabia.

Whilst Europe Focusses on Syria's Mass Migration, A Larger Crisis Is Growing in Yemen

Christopher J Stewart | Posted 01.11.2015 | UK Politics
Christopher J Stewart

Without a greater effort from Western and European policymakers to consider the impact of Saudis' bombing campaign, millions of refugees will soon be fleeing famine, water shortages and war, and joining the millions of refugees from Syria risking everything to reach the borders of Europe. If the West is unable to see Yemen as more than just a threat to their security, discussions on how to support it will go hand-in-hand with how best to bomb it.

UK Turns Back on UN Protection of Civilians

Thomas Nash | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK
Thomas Nash

The UK is set to break with a 15-year tradition by refusing to hold an open debate on the protection of civilians during its presidency of the UN Secu...

If Jeremy Corbyn is Offending the Saudi Regime Then he's Doing Something Right

Andrew Smith | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Corbyn should take the Ambassador's comments as a badge of honour and a sign that he's doing the right thing. However, it will take the words and actions of people from across all parties and wider society if the UK is to finally change its policy and end its support for the oppressive and authoritarian House of Saud.

12 Under-Reported News Stories You Need To Know About

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 24.10.2015 | UK

The age of the 24-hour rolling news channel is one in which it would seem almost impossible to miss a beat on world events in which governments topple...

Russia: Anything You Can Do...

Alistair Burnett | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Watching Russia's military intervention in Syria unfold has taken me back to my secondary school days when we put on the musical Annie Get Your Gun.

Six Months of Brutal War in Yemen Puts Millions of Children in Danger

David Bull | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
David Bull

As we mark six months of conflict in Yemen, we must continue to call for all parties to respect the lives of civilians and children. We must continue to work to improve the lives of these children so that they can enjoy their childhood again.

Yemen - The Unknown Humanitarian Crisis

David Jones | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
David Jones

Today marks the six month anniversary of the start of the conflict in Yemen, which has affected the lives of 21million people, including 9.9million children. With the situation deteriorating every day, the world's biggest humanitarian crisis continues unabated.

The Gulf Gamble Will Destroy What Remains of Yemen

Alia Eshaq | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Alia Eshaq

There will be no "liberation" of Sana'a, or any governorate in the north of Yemen for that matter. Instead, what remains of Yemen's fragile state stru...

The UK Says It Is a Global Humanitarian Leader, So Why Won't It Condemn Banned Weapons?

Thomas Nash | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Thomas Nash

The UK's attempt to justify its refusal to condemn cluster munition use on the basis of article 21 was not founded in legal analysis, but in political desperation. Although the UK argued that the language of the Dubrovnik outcome documents should be changed, states parties to the ban treaty rightly rejected the UK's objection and collectively issued an emphatic condemnation of use.

Childhood Under Attack in Yemen

David Bull | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK
David Bull

The conflict in Yemen is a tragedy for the country's children. I wish I could make it stop. Despite the dangers and difficulties, Unicef staff are in the country and working day and night delivering vital, life-saving supplies, immunising children, providing emergency nutrition and clean water, and helping children wherever we can. Unicef only have a fraction of the funds we need and are stretched thin. We can help more children but only with your support.

The Worst Place to Be a Woman This Year Got Even Worse

Laurie Adams | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Laurie Adams

Yemen may not be the worst place in the world to be a woman - being under the control of Islamic State may have that dubious honour - but it is perhaps the biggest crisis that is getting the least attention.

Yemen: Proxy War and War by Proxy

Alistair Burnett | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Iraq and Syria get most of the headlines in western media given the current focus on the threat from Islamic State to European and American interests and citizens, as well as the direct involvement of western military forces in the campaign against IS. But there's also a war going on in Yemen...

UK Arms Export Controls Are Broken and the Consequences Are Deadly

Andrew Smith | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

When countries like the UK sell weapons it doesn't just facilitate the attacks they are used in, it also sends a message of support to the governments that are carrying them out. For this to change it will require more than a few platitudes about human rights. It will need a complete overhaul of government priorities and an end to the hypocrisy that is at the heart of foreign policy.

As Yemen Burns, the World Watches

Keith Vaz | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

Yemen should be at the top of the diplomatic and international development agenda. Given Yemen's strategic location on the Gulf, the existence of multiple terrorist organizations and an unprecedented humanitarian situation, this fight is one the international community simply cannot afford to lose.

Salman at the Beach: The Saudi King's Commandeering of a Stretch of the French Riviera Is Hardly Crime of the Century

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

Yes, it puts the beach blanket babylon of the Vallauris row into perspective. How many grains of sand are there on that private beach in Vallauris? A lot, but not as many as the sum total of human rights violations in Salman's authoritarian kingdom in the past few years.

The UK is Complicit in the Destruction of Yemen

Andrew Smith | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK
Andrew Smith

The bombardment has been supported by the US and the UK, with both governments giving political and military support to the Saudi regime.

Will Life Ever Be Normal Again in Yemen?

Sami Jassar | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Sami Jassar

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The War in Yemen: Where No One Wins

Alia Eshaq | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Alia Eshaq

I doubt intelligent policy makers in Saudi Arabia are ignorant of the catastrophic security and humanitarian consequences of this war, not just to Yemen, but the whole region. Is there even a plan for what comes next?

No Mention of Yemen From Those Hoping to Win Your Vote

Mark Flanagan | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Mark Flanagan

Don't worry. In three weeks it will be all over and we will just have a few more days of the media speculating on the make up of the coalition. You can certainly respond to the knock on your door knowing it won't be a politician.

Yemen: A Humanitarian Catastrophe

Chad Anderson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Chad Anderson

The third night of airstrikes was the worst. One I will never forget. I struggled to text my family as I shook like a leaf from head to toe. Waiting out the storm in an internal room, three walls between us and the fighting, I tried to breathe deeply as the entire house shook with each impact.

Yemen: The New Battleground Front in Saudi Arabia and Iran's Cold War

Dilly Hussain | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK
Dilly Hussain

For many observers, the Saudi-led campaign against the Houthis is the latest episode in an ongoing wider cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Yemen, many argue, is the latest battleground front - joining Lebanon, Bahrain, Syria and Iraq - where the region's chief power-brokers have been locked in a proxy war for the best part of 20 years.

The Bodies Pile Up in Yemen's Civil War and Saudi Arabia's Bombing Campaign, But Who Is Counting the Casualties?

Jack Serle | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Jack Serle

The challenges stem, in part, from the lack of independent on-the-ground reporting to corroborate the proliferation of videos and tweets. Perhaps paradoxically in the digital age, the fog of war has never been denser.

Yemen's Food Crisis Fuels Instability

Morgan Meaker | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Morgan Meaker

Politics have eclipsed a growing humanitarian issue: Yemen's food crisis. Over half of Yemenis don't have enough to eat. That's 10.6 million people.